Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard is the Middle East Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Her job takes her throughout the Middle East and North Africa, reporting on the Arab revolutions from Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Tunisia and on the conflict in Israel and Palestine.

Can home demolitions deter attacks?

Nadia Abu Jamal, widow of Ghassan Abu Jamal who carried out a deadly attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, holds her son in their house in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Jabal Mukaber on November 26, 2014, which Israel ordered to be destroyed. Israel revoked the residency rights Abu Jamal, drawing condemnation from human rights groups. The move came after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he would seek broad powers to rescind the residency and welfare rights of any Palestinian resident of Israel or annexed east Jerusalem if they or their relatives participated in unrest. AFP PHOTO/ AHMAD GHARABLIClick to play video

Ruth Pollard Israeli policy reignites debate about collective punishment of Palestinians.

Brutal murders of rabbis at prayer in Jerusalem synagogue push a divided city to the edge

An Israeli mourns during the funeral of Aryeh Kopinsky, Kalman Levine and Avraham Goldberg in Jerusalem.

Ruth Pollard In a city already deeply riven with sectarian tensions, the brutal slaughter of four rabbis in an ultra-Orthodox synagogue has pushed Jerusalem to the edge of what many fear could escalate into...

Abdul-Rahman Kassig's death confirmed by White House

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Ruth Pollard Describing his aid work as "the selfless acts of an individual who cared deeply about the plight of the Syrian people," the White House has confirmed the death of Abdul-Rahman "Peter" Kassig.

Islamic State claims beheading of US aid worker Peter Kassig

Peter Kassig delivering aid last year.

Ruth Pollard The Islamic State jihadist group is claiming to have executed US aid worker Peter Kassig as a warning to the United States.

UN calls to West as 13.6 million are displaced in Iraq and Syria

Syrian Kurdish refugees gather around fire in a refugee camp in Suru.

Ruth Pollard Warning that the world was growing numb to the worsening crisis in Syria and Iraq, in which at least 13.

Lebanese prepare as winter threatens Islamic State advance

Lebanese boys walk past a burnt-out building on a street in Tripoli's Bab al-Tabbaneh Sunni neighbourhood after three days of fierce fighting between Lebanese forces and armed Islamists.

Ruth Pollard The guns have fallen silent in this city – for now – after the latest attempt by Islamic State and Nusra Front militants to gain a foothold in Lebanon's north failed to win any ground.

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi wounded in airstrike: claims

Dead or alive? Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Ruth Pollard The fate of the self-proclaimed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi remains unclear, with rumours that he was wounded in a US air strike in Iraq still unconfirmed.

IS kill hundreds from one Sunni tribe

Iraqi Shiite militia fighters hold the Islamic State flag as they celebrate after breaking the siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants, September 1, 2014.  REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)Click to play video

Ruth Pollard Islamic State militants have massacred 322 members of an Iraqi Sunni tribe killed in western Anbar province.

Islamic State slaughters 50 Sunni tribesmen, women and children in Iraq

Islamic State fighters are leaving a trail of bloodshed across Iraq, with their latest massacres reported in the Anbar province.

Ruth Pollard Islamic State militants shot dead 50 Sunni tribespeople in their third massacre in four days.

Kobane: Fears Kurdish fighters dying at border as Turkey remains unmoved

Rabia Ali mourns at the grave of her son, a Kurdish fighter killed in fighting with Islamic State militants.

Ruth Pollard At the hospital near Suruc volunteers are worried. No injured have arrived in the last 12 hours and they fear patients may be dying at the border, prevented by Turkish military from making it to...

Kurds mourn dead as air strikes give troops boost against Islamic State in Kobane

Up to 200,000 refugees have fled the fighting in Kobane.

Ruth Pollard The shutters were closed tight at shops and businesses all over the Turkish city of Suruc on Thursday as the mostly Kurdish population gathered to mourn those who died fighting to save Kobane.

Islamic State gains ground in besieged Kurdish town despite US air strike

WATCHFUL: A Kurdish man monitors fighting in Kobane.

Ruth Pollard Kurdish politicians have ramped up campaigns to try and convince Turkey to provide support for the YPG militia fighting to defend Kobane.

Islamic State militants raise flag over Kobane as fighting intensifies

Ominous sign: An Islamic State flag waves on a small hill outside Kobane.

Ruth Pollard Kurdish fighters are desperately trying to fend off an onslaught on Kobane. If the Islamic State takes the besieged town, it will give it control of a large swath of land along the Turkish-Syrian...

The man who turned his back on the Islamic State

Abu Hakam, who did not want his face identified for fear of retribution.

Ruth Pollard His fighting name is Abu Hakam and for a few moments of madness he turned away from the Free Syrian Army and allowed himself to court, and be courted by, the Islamic State.

Islamic State once courted this man - now the militants want to kill him

Abu Hakam, who did not want his face identified for fear of retribution.

Ruth Pollard His fighting name is Abu Hakam and during a few moments he allowed himself to be courted by the Islamic State.